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Law School Admissions / Re: How-to become a Successful Attorney...
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:14:33 PM »
Hey SoCalLawGuy. Thanks for interest. This will be a quick write up, but I strive to write a bit more in the coming months.

I have some good news. I am currently attending a top five business school, but I have not touched my LSATs yet. It seems like a big investment, and I am not entirely certain about making a commitment just yet. Nonetheless, I am extremely interested in law; in particular I am interested about the intersection of business and law.

If not law, I am strongly considering management consulting.

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Law School Admissions / Re: How-to become a Successful Attorney...
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:59:08 PM »
"It has been a while" is a clear understatement. I am so grateful for this community. Thank you everyone who took the time to respond to a panicked High School student. Believe it or not, you all were the biggest positive influence in my life. Through your experience, I was given very helpful guidance and much needed hope to navigate myself out of my rut.
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Let me cut the suspense. I wish I could tell you that I am currently attending Harvard Law School, but I have yet to enter its hallowed halls. However, I am well on my way. I have encountered my share of setbacks and my recent graduation with a BA in Economics solidifies the conquest of said setbacks.

My GPA is respectable, considering that I made a huge 180 degree change in performance midway into my collegiate career. Transferring to a different undergraduate institution, coupled with a leave of absence for a semester to travel and volunteer, were among most influential experiences that helped shaped me to who I am today. To illustrate the radical change, having a 2.1-2.5 semester GPA was commonplace. Then, out of the blue, I began getting 3.6-3.8 semesters. I also had a larger course load, and of course it was higher level courses. It's completely ironic. In addition to grade performance, I have also developed into a leader on campus. I participated in several organizations and sports. I am big into Rugby and soccer. I played both sports religiously!

I am now studying for the GMAT, then I will begin my studies for the LSAT. My current plan is to pursue the JD/MBA simultaneously. But before I go back to school, I would like to get some work experience first.

Reason 1: Most top MBA programs require work experience anyway.
Reason 2: I need to compensate for my lackluster GPA.
Reason 3: I want to learn more about the legal field before paying ridiculous amounts of money for a JD!

I have several interviews coming up for some BigLaw (ranked amongst the top 10 in the US) firms for the Legal Assistant position. It is a two year program for recent college graduates that are considering law school.

Feel free to reach out to me if have any questions, or if you would like to catch up (to all the older members who knew me on the forum when I was back in HS).

I will keep this thread updated with my progress.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Improving the odds at HYS...
« on: May 13, 2006, 02:59:44 PM »
Thank you Stone Burner for the information.  It proved to be very helpful.

How can someone who's WLed at UMich for undergrad and currently Syracuse-bound be an LSD overachiever?

Holmes, you've got a lot of catching up to do before you can hang with 1337 of the 1337.

It's really simple.  I did not value my High School education; I didn't care about High School, I preferred doing other things.  I spent most of my hours reading Law Review articles as opposed to finishing my Pre-Cal homework.  Just because I am not going to Harvard College does not give you the authority to deem me incompetent, or unready, to "hang with" the elite, as you put it.  You do not know me; thus, what grounds do you have for demeaning my credibility?  None.

Oh, and for the record:  Some of Syracuse's programs outrank Harvard even.  Journalism, for example, at Syracuse University is ranked #1; Harvard is #2.

Kid, worry about your freshman year, not law school.

Get a 3.9+ (it's not that hard if you're smart, go to every single class, and spend a good chunk of every weekend in the library), and a 175 on your LSATs and you'll get into HYS.

What that means is the only thing I'd sweat right now is pulling a 4.0 your freshman year. Too bleeding early to sweat the LSAT.

And if you don't have the wattage to get a high LSAT score, you're not going. If that's the case you're better off accepting it and going for the best you can rather than being a diva.

I will make sure I get "the grade."  :)  In regards to getting the LSAT score I need, I will begin practicing early - it's not a problem.  I will study my tail off, and get what I deserve - an A, or an A+.

I'm just wondering what else I can do in addition to the fundamentals.  Many applicants find themselves rejected from HYS WITH high scores on both the LSAT and in-class.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Improving the odds at HYS...
« on: May 13, 2006, 10:05:23 AM »
I understand that the two biggest factors are one's GPA and LSAT scores; however, I have noticed many applicants with stellar LSAT scores (165-175) and a solid GPA (3.6/3.7~) and still get rejected from HYS.

This upsets me.  I've been focused on doing well academically, but it is not enough - evidently.  I am really itching to go to the top law school in the country; what can I do to improve my odds, in addition to striving for notable grades, and LSAT scores?

P.S.  I have internship experience with a law firm, and I plan to continue that in College.

Find something you like on campus, get involved in it, get a leadership position or start your own group.

Do research.  Write a paper.  Publish it, if possible.

Get amazing grades and then you'll have a shot at stuff like Rhodes/Marshall/Truman.

But in the end, it still comes down to LSAT.  Always neccesary.

BTW: For HYS, 165-170 is not stellar.  Nor is 3.6/3.7.

Then what grades, and LSAT scores does HYS look for in an applicant?  I'm not seeking to get "cut-off" grades.  I want to be a remarkable applicant, with grades that have HYS proud to accept me.

I'll make sure I accomplish the other tasks on the list.  However, in regards to the "Rhodes/Marshall/Truman" awards, how do I get those?  It's extremely competitive; how do I increase my chances?  And, in any case, what do they look for in a student?


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Anyone in NYC need a LSAT tutor?
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:48:34 PM »
I am interested.  Please view my profile for contact information.

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Good luck guys.

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Law School Admissions / Improving the odds at HYS...
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:05:41 PM »
I understand that the two biggest factors are one's GPA and LSAT scores; however, I have noticed many applicants with stellar LSAT scores (165-175) and a solid GPA (3.6/3.7~) and still get rejected from HYS.

This upsets me.  I've been focused on doing well academically, but it is not enough - evidently.  I am really itching to go to the top law school in the country; what can I do to improve my odds, in addition to striving for notable grades, and LSAT scores?

P.S.  I have internship experience with a law firm, and I plan to continue that in College.

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Thank you for the feedback.  It's noted.

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Does anyone have any input?

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I have always considered law as a potential career since eighth grade.  Yes, it was serious.  I wasn't one of those kids who couldn't pick an interest, and stuck with law.  I interned at a medium-sized law firm in New York City, actively participated in my school's Mock Trial and Moot Court team, among other Mock Trial competitions outside of school.  On top of that, I took a law course at the University of Chicago during my junior year in High School, and I won the mock trial there as well.

I am not trying to boast, or show off.  I am proving that I truly wish to make something of myself in the field of law.  I even considered other fields (business, doctor, psychology, professor, writer, actor, swimmer, etc.) but I ended up back with Law.  I loved it too much to let it go.  Everything else is placed on the "back-burner."  I will dabble in business through the stock market, or through corporate law.  I will write as a hobby, and continue to swim throughout college, and recreationally.  As for acting... I really enjoy it, but I cannot envision myself making a career out of it.  I'm not willing to take that risk.

I am graduating High School this year, and most likely I will end up at the University of Michigan for my freshman year.  I have the option to transfer to Georgetown University - with a guaranteed admission, as long as I retain a certain GPA; and, I'm willing to spend $120.00 on application fees, besides Georgetown - Stanford University, and University of Chicago.  Who knows, maybe I can make it into a better school?

Or, perhaps, should I attend the United States Military Academy at West Point?

My short-term goal is to get into Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and the like.  After that, to get recruited by a big, big law firm.  Hopefully, one of the best.  Which route is the best for me? 

Note:  I did apply to West Point, for other reasons than to just furnish my resume.  I would be happy going there, OR a great school like Georgetown U, and especially Stanford U.

I need some guidance on setting a path for success in my legal profession.

You're constructive advice is appreciated.  :)

Thanks,

Kyle

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